July 17, 2012 > It takes a Viking Village
It takes a Viking Village
By Radhika Munshani
Every year, a troop from the Fremont Mission Peak Scout district is picked to host a camping extravaganza for Webelos-Cub Scouts. The objective is to give a taste of Boy Scouts. This year, from May 18-20, Troop 103 hosted the event, attracting 272 participants, under the theme, "Vikings." Viking Woods (usually referred to as Webelos Woods) is in the mountains behind Livermore at a Scout camp, Los Mochos.
Preparations began in August under the guidance of Troop 103 Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) Kunal Munshani, a sophomore student at Irvington High school and Scout Master Paul Androwsky. Prior to the event, Troop 103 posted signs throughout the camp, transforming it into a Viking Village. Scouts and adults appeared in Viking costumes - each Patrol in separate colored Tunics accented with rope belts, helmets, wrist wraps, ankle wraps and cloaks. Every Viking had their colorful painted shields and a foam Axes, Thor's hammer, spears, swords and daggers.
Registration of participants included a name tag in English and Rune (Viking Language). In opening ceremonies, nearly 300 people gathered near a massive shield with a painting of a Viking, closely resembling Scout Master Paul Androwsky. Troop 103 scouts entered with a Viking boat, complete with shields on its sides. Following a flag ceremony, Troop 103 in full Viking gear charged toward the cub scouts and their parents, taking them by surprise - Viking Woods had begun!
This is an event run by the scouts; an amazing feat. The same goes for the weblos who are engaged in friendly competition, and working as a team at all activities. In the boat racing competition, boats were created from cardboard and duct tape for use in the Baltic Sea (swimming pool). Instead of simply ripping tape and randomly taping pieces of cardboard together, hull design was taken seriously. This is Scouting - leadership training and team work at its best. Other activities included a hammer throw, duels, navigating a minefield, stone carving, capture the flag and many others followed by a campfire with skits and song.
Closing ceremonies the next day in which SPL Kunal began the proceedings. Each pack was called to the firepit and given a sword with the solemn pronouncement, "In the name of Thor, Oding and Loki, I pronounce thee Viking." This was truly a memorable experience for everyone. Troop 103 proved that it takes a Viking Village to support and develop a Cub Scout.
Radhika Munshani is a 7th grade student at Stratford School in Fremont. She accompanied Troop 103 for the camp as a reporter and conducted interviews with the participants. She is the younger sister of the Senior Patrol Leader - Kunal Munshani of Troop 103.
Additional information on Troop 103 can be found at: www.troop103.net
Additional information on the Boy Scouts of America can be found at: http://www.scouting.org/